• Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    Although technically incomplete and mainly serving as setup for an eventual Part Two, on its own, Dune works remarkably well as a piece of blockbuster fare. While the main cast certainly brings a lot to the table and turn in some pretty compelling performances, its Villeneuve's direction that really brings it all together, imbuing the material with a stunning sense of scale and splendor that fully immerses you into its rich and expansive world and keeps you hooked in throughout its lengthy runtime. Going off of this, I'm definitely looking forward to the (now seemingly inevitable) follow-up.

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★

    Despite essentially being an expansion of the 1978 film, picking up literally right where it left off, Halloween II frankly doesn't add a whole lot to original story, and by and large is a step down from the first film. The creeping tension and mystery atmosphere that made the original so compelling are largely absent this time around, and while the film itself can be entertaining in parts, the plot is far too aimless for me to get as gripped and as invested in it, especially seeing how little focus is given to our protagonist at all.

  • The Hitch-Hiker

    The Hitch-Hiker

    ★★★

    A well-performed and tightly constructed psychological thriller that while featuring some truly tense and impeccably orchestrated scenes (courtesy of director Ida Lupino), fails to maintain its gripping quality, especially towards the climax, which plays out rather unremarkably.

  • Drácula

    Drácula

    ★★★½

    I definitely prefer this over the more famous English version, and by quite a bit. Not only are performances here far more compelling, the camerawork is a lot more dynamic, making for a more visually engaging experience. While it does occasionally feel pretty slow, overall, it's surprisingly well paced, despite it being over half an hour longer than the English version.

  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    ★★★★

    Chaotic, frenetic, and unrelentingly brutal. A singular and unforgettable work of art that's every bit as mesmerizing as it is horrifying, and features some of the most incredible practical effects I've seen in... well, anything. I definitely see myself coming back to this in near future.

  • Kuroneko

    Kuroneko

    ★★★★½

    Yet another fascinating and engrossing tale taken from Japanese folklore that to my surprise, featured a considerable amount of depth given the simplicity of its story, exploring issues of gender and patriarchy alongside its themes of revenge. The cinematography is utterly exquisite, especially in terms of the lighting and composition which help to create some truly striking and ghostly imagery that's further enhanced by the rich black-and-white textures. An astounding work of art, and in my opinion, a top tier film in the supernatural horror genre.

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★

    An utterly enthralling piece of Japanese folk horror that fully absorbs you with its rich, haunting atmosphere and evocative cinematography. Top notch stuff.

  • Viy

    Viy

    ★★★

    Features some truly captivating set designs and makes use of some very effective camerawork in its most heightened moments. The special effects, while occasionally bordering on cheesy, are charming enough that its not completely distracting and even somewhat add to the overall uncanniness of the film. However, for as intriguing as it can be, especially in its most macabre scenes, I'm not all that compelled by the story as a whole, and it does drag quite a bit even with its incredibly lean runtime.

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★

    Karloff's performance is definitely a highlight, and it makes the film a bit more memorable than it would've otherwise been. I also find some of the execution in both the opening and flashback sequences to be pretty impressive. Overall, it's serviceable, but not particularly remarkable either.

  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    ★★½

    I'll admit that having read the novel beforehand somewhat affected my overall view of this film, as it doesn't have nearly the same level of sophistication or depth, but even if I were to take it as a cheesy monster flick, it's far too underwhelming to get any real enjoyment out of, save for a handful of scenes.

  • Jigoku

    Jigoku

    ★★★½

    The first half, while engaging enough on its own, merely serves as setup for when things really kick into high gear in the second half, tossing us directly into the pits hell (literally) for an absolutely surreal and demented experience unlike any other.

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★½

    From the moment I heard the little girl singing that haunting tune in the beginning, I knew I was in for a treat, but even I'm kind of shocked at how throughly I ended up enjoyed it. An endlessly gripping and deeply atmospheric supernatural horror film, that starts out rather slow and simple, but grows increasingly chilling as it goes on, culminating in an utterly tense finale. The cinematography is phenomenal– honestly among the best I've seen in a black…